Winter Park visit should include Morse Museum


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Touring the Town

Fans of the Louis Comfort Tiffany collection need to visit the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art in Winter Park. It has the largest collection of Louis Comfort Tiffany art in the country.

In fact, all art aficionados should visit this museum at least once a year. That’s what I do. Its changing exhibits will keep the entire family happy.

View their very well-done orientation film “A Legacy for the Community.” Then, pick up the Morse Museum’s complimentary audio tour cell phone. Your cell-phone tour provides an ongoing narrative of the wonderful Laurelton Hall gallery and ends in the amazing Tiffany Chapel.

This original Tiffany Chapel was on display at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.

Docent tours often are available during open hours. Inquire at the visitors information desk.

The Morse Museum contains Tiffany’s most prized possessions, including paintings, art glass, pottery and furniture as well as windows, lamps and many other items that were on display at the Chicago World’s Fair and those in his many homes.

Louis Comfort Tiffany was a man of many great talents. He was an architect, painter, decorator, photographer and landscape architect. He also excelled as a master designer of quality arts and crafts, ceramics, furniture, enamels, jewelry and mosaics.

The Morse Museum also has other outstanding collections. Its American Decorative Art and Sculpture boasts more than 900 fine examples.

There is a painting and graphic arts section that displays hundreds of prints.

Its European and Miscellaneous Collection of American Decorative Art also has great examples of glass and ceramics.

Truly, the Morse Museum is a local art treasure at 445 N. Park Ave. in Winter Park. For more information, call 407-645-5311.

It is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. It is closed Monday.

There is a modest admission charge that varies according to age.

Make this a day-long tour of Winter Park. Visit the museum early and then enjoy lunch at one of the many fine restaurants along Park Avenue.

If time permits, end your day in Winter Park by enjoying a boat ride on the Scenic Boat Tour at 312 E. Morse Blvd. and Lake Osceola. The tour is one-hour and travels through three lakes and two canals on the Winter Park Chain of Lakes. There is a fee for the boat tour. For information, call 407-644-4056.